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By Thomas S. Mulligan and Thomas S. Mulligan,Los Angeles Times | October 19, 1991
Dikembe Mutombo is the kind of athlete who's determined to make it to the top with nothing more than his basketball talent and his native wit.And his business agent, his marketing agent, his college coach, his record producer, his video crew, his photographer, his publicist, his makeup person ...Promoters of Mutombo, a 7-foot-2 native of Zaire in central Africa and rookie center for the Denver Nuggets, can hardly wait for him to be a superstar.And why should they?In the olden days of sports marketing, you practically had to be in the Hall of Fame before a cigarette company would put you on its billboards.
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By Matt Vensel | November 12, 2012
In Sunday's 55-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, Ravens defenders channeled their inner Dikembe Mutombo, swatting six of quarterback Carson Palmer's passes at the line. All that was missing was the finger-wagging. “It's something that [defensive coordinator] Dean Pees has been harping on us all week,” linebacker Paul Kruger, who knocked down one pass and intercepted another, said Sunday. “We've been practicing it. It's a credit to the coaches, to just making sure we had all the little things in our minds, that really paid off today.” The Ravens knocked down eight passes, and six came from defensive linemen or outside linebackers as the Ravens eschewed their usual space-eating defensive tackles for a more nimble defensive front.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | February 22, 1992
LANDOVER -- When a team (Denver) with the second-worst NTC road record meets a team (Washington) with the third-worst home record, something's got to give.And last night it was the Bullets who collapsed in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 36-22 by the Nuggets, who registered only their fourth road victory in 25 games, 106-99, before a sellout crowd of 18,756.In a sense, two of the Nuggets -- center Dikembe Mutombo and small forward Reggie Williams -- felt more at home playing at the Capital Centre than their Washington rivals.
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By DAVID STEELE | November 2, 2006
The most important development of the first week of the NBA season very likely slipped under everybody's radar, what with a legendary league figure dying, players getting the law laid down to them over gunplay, and debates raging over the new high-tech, fancy-schmancy game ball. In a two-paragraph statement issued the day before the regular-season opener, the sport most routinely maligned by the public took a rock-solid stand in favor of those very same cynical fans. It announced that a spectator at a preseason game in Orlando, Fla., a week ago tonight had his Magic season tickets revoked and was banned from attending games anywhere in the NBA this season, for "direct[ing]
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By Sam Smith and Sam Smith,Chicago Tribune | March 29, 1992
Denver's Dikembe Mutombo is not your usual NBA rookie, and not only because he is fluent in seven languages.The No. 4 selection in last spring's draft studied linguistics and diplomacy at Georgetown, and when he first came to Denver before the draft, he quizzed Nuggets personnel on the city's hotly contested mayoral race.The 7-foot-2, 250-pound center charmed and chopped up the NBA early. He was the only rookie to make the All-Star team,chatted with Arsenio Hall and has a shoe and clothing line with Adidas.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1996
It's been the assumption that once the season was over that the Denver Nuggets would take care of center Dikembe Mutombo, to the tune of about $10 million a year. But with the possibility the disappointing Nuggets could wind up in the NBA lottery, it appears the team is rethinking paying Mutombo like a franchise-type player.Which could be the reason we recently witnessed an NBA-season-high 31 rebounds by Mutombo against the Charlotte Hornets on March 26. On Tuesday, Mutombo grabbed 18 rebounds against Minnesota and for the season he's third in the league in rebounding (11.8)
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 16, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Once again, The Twin Towers has become a comfortable high-rise. Once again, Alonzo Mourning will be the center of attention for Georgetown, rather than an uncomfortable power forward.The departure of Dikembe Mutombo to the NBA has left the Hoyas without his more than 15 points and 12 rebounds a game, as well a formidable presence who blocked 151 shots last season. But it has brought Mourning back from whence he came: the middle."Last year and in my sophomore year, it gave me an opportunity to explore other parts of my game which will help me later on," Mourning said yesterday at McDonough Gym, where Georgetown openedpractice for the 1991-92 season.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 12, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- Yesterday was supposed to be a day of rest between games in the NBA championship series, but the energy that the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers didn't expend in playing the game was used in jaw-jacking. And the focus of the smack was on the centers, with Shaquille O'Neal repeating his post-Game 3 tirade against Philadelphia's Dikembe Mutombo, and Mutombo firing right back. O'Neal, who fouled out of Sunday's 96-91 win with 2:21 left, said that four of his six fouls came on the offensive end and complained that Mutombo, named the Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time in 10 seasons, had flopped to draw the fouls.
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December 6, 1995
Celtics: Miami Heat forward Kurt Thomas and Boston center Pervis Ellison were ejected from Monday night's game after exchanging punches late in the first half, igniting a scene that forced police and building security to clear the floor. The teams were separated by Boston police and building security, who also kept spectators off the court.Clippers: Center Stanley Roberts is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained left ankle, and forward Rodney Rogers could miss up to two weeks with a sprained right ankle.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1996
LANDOVER -- Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo stands 7 feet, 2 inches tall, has long arms and has earned his reputation as one of the NBA's best shot-blockers. So when Washington Bullets point guard Brent Price put his head down and drove the lane in the final seconds of what was a tie game yesterday -- well, courtside fans could not be faulted if they ducked.But instead of swatting the shot of the 6-1 Price into oblivion, Mutombo just stood in his path with his hands down and Price casually deposited the winning layup with less than a second left.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Jersey Nets coach Byron Scott was reluctant to use Dikembe Mutombo much in the NBA Finals because the aging center's plodding style tends to slow the team's vaunted transition game. But with Mutombo's four rebounds and three blocked shots in Game 2, not to mention his defense on the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, Scott had to change the formula, at the expense of reserve Aaron Williams, who was typically the first backup behind Jason Collins during the regular season.
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By LAURA VECSEY | June 9, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If New Jersey's Dikembe Mutombo is such a big factor in these NBA Finals, it's only because of a former kid swimmer from the Virgin Islands - Tim Duncan. Actually, if Mutombo's minutes get as much scrutiny as Hillary Clinton's new dirt-dishing autobiography (breaking news: She was really mad at Bill), it's really more about two other far more important players - Duncan and Jason Kidd. Getting Duncan neutralized so he stops looking like the second coming of Kareem or Russell or Wilt is the only reason why Mutombo so suddenly became the flavor du jour.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | June 12, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- Yesterday was supposed to be a day of rest between games in the NBA championship series, but the energy that the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers didn't expend in playing the game was used in jaw-jacking. And the focus of the smack was on the centers, with Shaquille O'Neal repeating his post-Game 3 tirade against Philadelphia's Dikembe Mutombo, and Mutombo firing right back. O'Neal, who fouled out of Sunday's 96-91 win with 2:21 left, said that four of his six fouls came on the offensive end and complained that Mutombo, named the Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time in 10 seasons, had flopped to draw the fouls.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2001
WASHINGTON - Michael Jordan placed his most affirmative stamp to date since becoming the president of basketball operations of the Washington Wizards franchise a year ago, engineering an eight-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks, the biggest deal on the last day of trades in the NBA this season. The Wizards packaged forward Juwan Howard along with centers Calvin Booth and Obinna Ekezie to Dallas for forwards Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught and Etan Thomas and guards Courtney Alexander and Hubert Davis.
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By Jeffrey Marx | January 31, 1999
ONE THING the National Basketball Association did not need was further evidence that its players had come to define the "me, me, me" generation of professional athletes.It already had one star player best known for choking his coach. It has another who, in a Nike TV commercial, rejected any notion that he should be a role model. It had a Sports Illustrated cover story detailing the escapades of NBA stars who fathered children out of wedlock and then ignored them. It had any number of players acting foolish on the court (chest thumping and glaring)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1998
NEW YORK -- An injury to David Robinson last season resulted in a horrible season for the San Antonio Spurs, putting the team in position to select Tim Duncan with the No. 1 draft pick. Robinson and Duncan now start side-by-side with the Spurs, and were All-Star teammates yesterday.Robinson, obviously, is glowing about the help on the front line on a team that has had its toughness questioned in the past."He's so composed, nothing bothers him and he just keeps coming and comes to play," Robinson said of Duncan.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1994
Wes Unseld met his share of prominent people over 20 years as an NBA player and coach, but which experience stands out among them?"Sitting down [to dinner] with Nelson Mandela," Unseld said unequivocally. "I've been very fortunate to meet a lot of important people, but I didn't have the feeling that I was meeting someone as truly important as him [Mandela]. . . . I came away with the feeling that this is a guy whom history will record as a truly great individual."Unseld, now a Washington Bullets vice president, will have another opportunity to meet Mandela -- South Africa's first black president -- when he joins this year's NBA South Africa Tour, which begins in Johannesburg today.
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By Alan Goldstein | December 28, 1991
Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo, no shrinking violet, has said he has NBA Rookie of the Year honors sewn up.But Charlotte Hornets forward Larry Johnson, who will face the Washington Bullets for the first time tonight in a game at the Baltimore Arena, says he just gave Mutombo a head start by missing training camp while settling his six-year, $20 million contract."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1997
CLEVELAND -- When he heard that Bernie Bickerstaff will be named coach of the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo was surprised."I didn't think it was going to come to this point. I thought he had given up coaching," said Mutombo, who played for Bickerstaff with the Denver Nuggets.Bullets vice president Wes Unseld remained tight-lipped about a replacement for Jim Lynam, who was fired Wednesday. But sources close to the Bullets again said that Bickerstaff is the choice.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1996
It's been the assumption that once the season was over that the Denver Nuggets would take care of center Dikembe Mutombo, to the tune of about $10 million a year. But with the possibility the disappointing Nuggets could wind up in the NBA lottery, it appears the team is rethinking paying Mutombo like a franchise-type player.Which could be the reason we recently witnessed an NBA-season-high 31 rebounds by Mutombo against the Charlotte Hornets on March 26. On Tuesday, Mutombo grabbed 18 rebounds against Minnesota and for the season he's third in the league in rebounding (11.8)
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